National Center for Public Policy Research press release

For Release: July 8, 2010
David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 x11 or or (703) 568-4727 or [email protected] or Judy Kent at (703) 759-7476 or [email protected]

Black Activists Compare Obama's Arizona Lawsuit to Nixon's "Southern Strategy"

Desmond Tutu's Comparison of Immigration Law Enforcement to South Africa's Apartheid System Also Criticized


Washington, D.C. Lawyers for the Obama Administration recently filed a lawsuit to prohibit the enforcement of Arizona's new immigration law. In its filing, the federal government says it is currently targeting "dangerous aliens" and that Arizona's attempt to enforce the full scope of existing federal laws against illegal immigration will in the words of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder "only create more problems that it solves."

Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are speaking out about this controversial legal move by the Obama Administration.

"In suing the State of Arizona over its new immigration law, the Obama Administration is once again putting politics over the will of the people," said Deneen Borelli, a Project 21 fellow. "Poll after poll shows that Americans nationwide support stronger enforcement of immigration laws and question their tax dollars being used to fight an earnest attempt by Arizonans to enforce the laws Obama is apparently unwilling to enforce. But, just like with the takeover of health care, President Obama seems to favor ideology over reason."

"Obama and his supporters are engaged in their own 'Southern Strategy' that demonizes Arizona in a cynical attempt to court Hispanic votes. While rewarding lawlessness is by no means a popular idea among Hispanics, it is definitely something that is creating a rift between the black community and the White House," said Project 21 member Bob Parks. "Losing even a small portion of the black electorate could be devastating for Obama's liberal agenda, but it may teach the President that if you live by the race card you may also die by it."

"Rhetoric against Arizona's immigration law and now this lawsuit has made things just plain silly," said Project 21 member R. Dozier Gray. "Bishop Desmond Tutu, for instance, further tarnished his Nobel Peace Prize by wading into our national debate to slyly imply that Arizona's attempt to enforce and complement federal immigration law could eventually lead to something akin to the now-defunct apartheid system of his native South Africa. In what world is adherence to existing law prohibiting anyone from illegally crossing our borders like government-enforced segregation and discrimination?"

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives since 1992, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (


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